What in the world are we doing to our world?

By: Tom Rupp
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Have you noticed that the leaves are already beginning to change colors? It’s true. Seeing that brought to mind other changes that are occurring. The big three seem to be air, soil and water. Perhaps because the changes happen so slowly we do not seem to notice them. The air we breathe is all the air we have. No backup exists. No other tanks of clean air exist. Humans have been putting all sorts of things into the air for centuries. Eventually we will sit down to a banquet of consequences. The ground that grows our food is all we have. On September’s National Geographic sports a cover is a story on “Our Good Earth.” This top soil is all we have. No backup pile exists somewhere. 2 percent of humanity farm, and feed the world. By 2030 over 8 billion people will live on Earth. Farmers will have to grow 30 percent more grain just to keep up. One geologist said, “We’re simply not going to be able to keep treating soil like dirt.” The water we drink is all that we have. No backup supplies exist. A new documentary film will soon be released titled “Flow: For Love of Water.” I’ve seen the trailer on and it looks like a tough message. I recently read where a sheet of Arctic ice 7 square miles large recently dislodged. Of this event Derek Mueller, a researcher at Trent University said, “We’re in a different climate now, not conducive to regrowing them (sheets). It’s a one-way process.” He then added this sobering statement - “These changes are irreversible under the present climate and indicate the environmental conditions that have kept these ice shelves in balance for thousands of years and are no longer present.” I recommend that you reread that last sentence, and then think about its implications. Eventually we will sit down to a banquet of consequences. No good answers here, but one good question - what in the world are we doing to our world? Tom Rupp lives in Folsom and can be reached at